Watch Dogs Xbox 360
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Released on 22-Nov-2013
Watch_Dogs introduces a world not too removed from our own, a world where everyone uses the latest gadgets and gear to learn about the world and connect with friends with a simple swipe of the finger. But with that same simple swipe, with that same social connection, we leave a digital shadow that is always growing. An online trail that tracks our every move and milestone, our every like and dislike. And it’s not just people. All major cities are networked, with urban infrastructures constantly monitored and controlled by complex operating systems.
In Watch_Dogs, this system is called the Central Operating System (ctOS). It controls almost every part of the city, from stoplights to bankvaults, mobile phones to business databases. And it holds key information on everyone in the city.
This is where you come in. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose past led to a violent family tragedy that changed you forever. Now your skills are no longer for personal, criminal gain – you'll be using them to hunt down those who hurt your family.
Using your cyber-skills, you can monitor and hack everyone and everything that surrounds you by manipulating the city’s network. Access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy, and much, much more. The city of Chicago is your ultimate weapon to exact your own style of revenge.
Key Features of Watch_Dogs on Xbox 360:
- Hack The City - Watch_Dogs takes place in a fully simulated living city where, using your smartphone, you have real-time control over the city’s infrastructure. Trap your enemy in a 30-car pileup by manipulating the traffic lights. Stop a train, and then board it to evade the authorities. Narrowly escape capture by quickly raising a drawbridge. Anything connected to the city’s ctOS can become your weapon.
- Street Justice - Living in inner city Chicago where violence is best answered by violence, you have the skills to take the fight to the streets. Take down enemies by delivering devastating blows with your baton, or experience a shoot-out like never before with a physics simulation that rivals anything in the shooter category. Overall, you will have access to more than 30 traditional weapons.
- High Octane - With help from Ubisoft Reflections, the acclaimed studio behind the award-winning Driver series, Watch_Dogs offers a stable bursting with horsepower. Get behind the wheel of more than 65 vehicles, each with state-of-art physics and handling, and explore the massive city while completing missions.
- Everything Is Under Control - Disrupt, the all-new game engine dedicated to Watch_Dogs, uses advanced processing and graphics to deliver a stunning visual and an incredibly realistic experience. Disrupt gives you the power to affect the story, the city and the life of the population with your choices creating a ripple effect throughout the city.
- Dynamic Navigation - Watch_Dogs gives you the ability to not only use the city’s ctOS to your advantage, but the streets as well. In real-world Chicago, cut through one of the buildings or climb to the rooftops to catch your target.
It's hard to be surprised these days, when the internet pounces on every rumour and tracks every fact for years before a game reaches the shelves, so kudos to Ubisoft for catching the entire games industry off-guard with Watch Dogs, an absolutely stunning looking new game that came completely out of the blue when it debuted at E3 on Tuesday.
Set in the near future, the game casts you as Aiden Pierce, a man who is tapped into the electronic heart of the city. "I see the digital shadow you cast," he growls in the impressive trailer which debuted in LA. During a live gameplay demonstration, the audience watched as Pierce infiltrated an art gallery opening, using his tech skills to disrupt security communications, identify members of the crowd and hack into phone conversations.
Things get more physical when he goes outside and hacks the traffic signals to cause a pile up, trapping his target in amongst the wrecks. There's some cover-based shooting, and then he makes his getaway from the police by hacking a bridge over the river, raising it as he jumps to safety in a stolen sports car.
"Watch Dogs goes beyond the limits of today's open-world games by giving players the ability to control an entire city," creative director Jonathan Morin told the E3 masses. "In Watch Dogs, anything connected to the city's Central Operating System becomes a weapon. By pushing the boundaries, we can provide players with action and access to information on a scale that's never been seen in a video game before."
It's astonishing, exhilarating stuff, brought to life with some of the best graphics ever seen. The attention to detail is incredible, as is the lifelike animation of the characters. The game has been put together by veterans of Ubisoft's top franchises - Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Rainbow Six - and it shows.
The release date for Watch Dogs is top secret, but Ubisoft has confirmed it'll be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
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Introducing Ubisoft's mind-blowing cybercrime adventure.
It was a relatively quiet year at the annual E3 gaming show in Los Angeles last month, with publishers wheeling out a conservative array of sequels and annual updates to their established brands. However, one entirely new title stood out head and shoulders above the competition for both its impressive ambition in gameplay and gob-smacking visual prowess: Watch Dogs, from Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft Montreal.
The game is set in a near-future Chicago, where every aspect of life has been incorporated into a massive all-encompassing digital network by snooping mega-corporations. Every imaginable scrap of information about a person is stored on the grid, as is every city system - from traffic lights to mobile phone networks.
You play as a mysterious figure called Aidan Pearce who's somehow managed to hack into the network and intends to use his new-found power over Chicago as a means to take down his enemies. Yes, Watch Dogs essentially asks you to use an entire city as your weapon.
So, an example. In one sequence Pearce is attempting to gain access to an invitation-only gallery opening to track down and eliminate a crime boss called Demarco. Using a PDA device, he scrambles the mobile phone frequencies causing the bouncer on the door to wander off in search of better reception, allowing him to wander in unchecked. Once inside, he digitally scans everyone in the room to pinpoint one of his target's minions, and then hacks into her phone conversation with Demarco to find out exactly where he is.
As it turns out, he's on his way to the building in his car. So Pearce races outside, finds a suitable vantage point and manipulates the traffic lights at a crossing to ensnare Demarco in a pile-up. A brief-but-visceral firefight ensues, Demarco is killed and Pearce jumps into his car and races off across the city chased by police. With a quick flash of that PDA, he raises a bridge across the Chicago River, halting his pursuers in their tracks.
It's not hard to see the huge potential here. Ubisoft is promising countless different solutions to every mission and a massive city to explore. Every single person walking Chicago's streets can be scanned and their backstory read, providing an impressively freewheeling second side to the gameplay. Should you chance upon an unsavoury character with a history of, say, violent domestic abuse, you're free to follow him, learn more about his life, and administer vigilante justice as you see fit.
New Dog, New Tricks
And there's a whole other string to Watch Dogs' bow too. An accompanying smartphone and tablet app offers a tantalising opportunity for asymmetric multiplayer. While one player attempts to complete a mission on the TV screen, another can either help or hinder by manipulating the city on a fully interactive 3D map displayed on the app. And on top of that, it will also provide a comprehensive stat-tracking and social networking service on the side.
If all this wasn't enough to quicken the pulse, Watch Dogs has one more ace up its sleeve - it looks absolutely stunning. Admittedly, Ubisoft has only shown the game running on a high end PC, but the detail on offer in its visuals is remarkable. Pearce's trench coat billows elegantly in the winds, rain sweeps and swirls through the streets of Chicago, and gun combat is lit up with extravagant muzzle flare and ricocheting ammunition. Its developers are promising they'll squeeze this same fidelity into the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions by the time the game's ready for release late next year. That's a bold promise - we wish them luck.
It's unusual to see ambition on this scale, this late into a hardware generation - publishers generally choose a new console launch to showcase their big ideas. Ubisoft's willingness to push the envelope at this stage of the game, while its competitors play it safe with incremental sequels, is very welcoming indeed. Here's hoping it can deliver on Watch Dogs' huge potential, rather than getting swamped by over-reaching ambition.
Watch Dogs is Ubisoft's new franchise for 2013, bursting onto the scene in a surprise announcement at last year's E3. In the open world adventure game, players take the role of Aiden Pearce and use his electronic gadgets to hack various aspects of the city in order to meet his objectives. In the demo released to announce the game last year, we saw him messing with traffic signals to create a pile up that would stop a target from escaping. Cool stuff.
"The connectivity between players with mobile devices, the way you can control the city, the immersion, all those are core and on any platforms we're going to ship on we're going to make sure we nail those pillars down," producer Dominic Guay said in an interview with aptly named lifestyle site DigitalSpy.
"We're still investigating how we'll use the tablet on the Wii U, but with the things I mentioned before, for us it's not going to be a weird stretch. It's natural. It's not a weird abstraction, it's not like I'm a space alien and now I'm using a tablet... Aiden Pearce is using a device to control the city, so it's quite easy to imagine what we could do with that."
Watch Dogs, or WATCH_DOGS to use its correct typographical title, is aiming for a release later this year.
Watch_Dogs, Ubisoft's hotly tipped cyberpunk hacking adventure, will be coming to Wii U as well as the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and next generation consoles, the publisher has confirmed. The news follows Ubisoft's announcement that its Wii U exclusive, Rayman Legends, would be delayed until September and would launch on Xbox and PlayStation at the same time.
Ubisoft's Montreal studio was lavished with support after Watch_Dogs caught the industry imaginations during last year's E3. The French publisher had kept the game under wraps until its reveal during the company's press conference, and news of the stunning looking new title quickly spread.
"E3 was a great revelation for Watch_Dogs," Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot has told trade magazine MCV. "It gave us a chance to increase the whole project, giving the studio the chance to have bigger teams to help them achieve this goal they have. You always have great ideas, but you need enough people to bring it to life. After E3, we really made sure they had all the teams they needed and all the capacity they wanted to fulfil their dream."
"There's good potential for success," he added, understating the situation quite magnificently.
Watch_Dogs is planned for release later this year.
Ubisoft's open world hack-based action game Watch Dogs will arrive in the UK on November 22nd, the publisher has announced. It'll be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. The game will also be available for the launch of PlayStation 4, and "other next generation consoles" which is a not-so-subtle way of saying "new Xbox".
The game finds you playing as Aiden Pearce, a fugitive with a knack for data hacking. As you fight to clear your name, you'll be able to interfere with everything from bank databases to traffic signals to meet your objectives. You'll also be able to view the world via an augmented reality overlay that tips you off with information about the characters you meet.
As with other Ubisoft titles, there'll be a range of special versions of the game to choose from. The UK Special Edition, exclusive to GAME, offers the Breakthrough Pack which includes bonus mission and a perk that lowers the cost of in-game cars and even makes some of them free.
Next up the fancypants scale is the Vigilante Edition, also exclusive to GAME. This comes with a baseball cap and mask, modelled on Aiden's outfit from the game, a copy of the soundtrack and the Palace Pack bonus mission, all tucked away inside a collector's box.
Finally, there's the super-duper Dedsec Edition. This includes three bonus mission packs, the soundtrack, an interactive map, collectible cards, three badges, a steelbook case and artbook plus a 23cm Aiden Pearce figurine.
And the good news? You don't even need elite hacking skills to get this stuff. A good old fashioned debit card will do just fine.
The development team behind Ubisoft's upcoming cyberpunk openworld thriller Watch Dogs have collaborated with real computer security and hacking experts from Kaspersky Labs to ensure that the game's core mechanisms ring true.
"We send them some of our designs and we ask them feedback on it, and it's interesting to see what gets back," senior producer Dominic Guay told Joystiq. "Sometimes they say, 'Yeah, that's possible, but change that word,' or, 'That's not the way it works.'"
You'll play as elite hacker Aiden Pearce, on the run in the Chicago of the near future. Your survival will depend on hacking the city's central operating system to seize control of traffic signals, doors and other functions. You'll also be able to dip into local Wifi networks to extract information on people nearby, or view the world through security cameras and webcams.
Just don't expect the game to be full of the sort of simple hacking puzzles that we're all familiar with. "It's not about the minigame that will let me open the door," explains Guay. "It's the fact that I'm making a plan. I'm making a plan of how I'm going to chain hacking, shooting, travelling the city and driving to achieve an objective."
Watch Dogs will be out on November 22nd for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC. It's also been confirmed for PlayStation 4.
Ubisoft's upcoming openworld hacking adventure, Watch Dogs, will feature a unique form of multiplayer but up until we didn't know what it would entail. The game's creative director, Jonathan Morin, has given us the clearest glimpse yet at what his team has in store.
There are millions of people alone in their own sessions, he explained in an interview with the official PlayStation Blog. Weve simply added the ability to merge those sessions together at the pacing of our choice.
You can be free-roaming and naturally getting into some kind of activity that makes you intertwine with another player. You interact with them, then youre done and it goes away. Its not like you have someone in your game the whole time who can mess with your game.
We still don't know how these interactions will play out but, rather excitingly, Morin says that you may not even know when you've encountered another player in the world. When we watch people play together in Watch Dogs, most of the time they dont even realise that it was another player. There are no signs...they become part of the story. But in Watch Dogs, players wont notice that immediately. Its a new form of emotion and it fits perfectly in the Watch Dogs universe where everybody watches everyone else.
Watch Dogs is due on November 22nd for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC. There will also be a next generation version for PlayStation 4 and the new Xbox.
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